It sometimes feels impossible to keep anything hidden in a place like Great Rock. But now they have found that poor girl down on the beach, I realize just how many secrets we’ve been keeping all along.
Evvy has lived on the island of Great Rock all her life. Every year, after the holidaymakers have departed, storms begin to roll in off the Atlantic and the island returns to the small group of locals who, like her, have decided to make it their home.
When a body is found on the snow-covered beach it sends shockwaves through this tight-knit community and rattles Evvy to her core.
The dead woman worked on the island the previous summer and it seems strange she would have been visiting so out of season. What drew her back and who was she meeting? When Evvy learns that her partner,Ian, was the last person to see her alive, the shadow of the murder falls far too close to home.
As the icy weather closes in, the island is cut off from the mainland, and Ian is taken into custody. Rumours about what is really going on in Great Rock reach fever pitch, as Evvy works to prove Ian’s innocence before it’s too late.
But there are things about the people she loves that Evvy doesn’t know or has chosen not to see. The truth might not save the life she has worked so hard to build for herself. Instead, it might tear it apart…
Everybody lies… That is a truism even though some people might claim they never do. I, on the other hand, think they are lying, because you just do. Little white lies to protect yourself or someone else or you do it to keep some dark secrets from surfacing.
Keeping secrets in a big city is a lot easier than in a village or a small island, but some do keep hidden for a very long time. And when those liars come clean, it’s devastating for their entourage.
Sometimes you want to escape from this suffocating place where everybody knows (almost) all your business, but when you have the chance to do so, that’s when you realize how much you would miss it when you are gone. Shall you stay or shall you go…?
A beautiful story that opens with a shocking event, but that’s not the only thing that is going on. Love, denial, heartbreak and friendship are only a few of the emotions that the author used to enthrall her readers. 5 stars.
Thank you, Emily Cavanagh and Bookouture
About the author
A teacher as well as a writer, Emily Cavanagh lives with her husband, two daughters, and an Australian Shepherd on Martha’s Vineyard Island. Her work has been published in Red Rock Review, Grain Magazine, Transfer, and Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas.